NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND
ON THE BATTLEFIELD OR AT HOME
SUICIDE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. EVERYONE IS AT RISK.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps views suicide prevention as the responsibility of the entire Marine Corps community and it is the duty of Marines, family members, and friends to encourage those who are troubled to seek help.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS?
- Talking about Dying
- Preparing to Die (giving away belongings, saying goodbye to family and friends)
- Looking for Ways to Die
- Change in Personality or Emotions, Behaviors, Sleep Patterns, or Eating Habits
- Low Self-Esteem
- No Hope for the Future
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
- Relationship problems
- Legal or Work Problems
- Family History of Suicide
- Alcohol or drug use
- History of Physical or Sexual Abuse
- Social Isolation
- Physical illness
- Past Suicide Attempt
- History of Violence or Hostility
- Unwillingness to seek help
- Access to means to kill oneself
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Ask open-ended questions, i.e., “How are things going?”
- Lend support/Be Willing to Listen
- Share your Concern for their Well-being
- Remove any weapons, pill, or rope
- Do Not Leave the Marine Alone
- Seek Professional Help Right Away
The most important thing to do if you are concerned or recognize warning signs is to TAKE ACTION. If a buddy is suicidal you may not get a second chance to save the Marine’s life.
GET HELP NOW
Chain of Command
Please see your appointed Suicide Prevention Officer for your Marine unit.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Hopeline Network
DCoE Outreach Call Center
HQMC Suicide Prevention
Leaders Guide for Managing Marines in Distress
Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program (MRS)
Headquarters United States Marine Corps
3280 Russell Rd. Quantico, VA 22134
SUICIDE PREVENTION BRIEF
Designed to meet three objectives:
- Define terms related to suicide and teach facts about suicide
- Be able to recognize signs and symptoms of suicidal persons
- Discussion of R.A.C.E.
R.A.C.E. SUICIDE ALERT
Recognize distress in your Marine
Note changes in personality, emotions or behavior.
Ask your Marine
Calmly question and if necessary ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
Care for your Marine
Don’t judge, control situation peacefully and keep everyone safe.
Escort your Marine
Stay with your buddy and escort to chain of command chaplain, medical, or behavioral health professional.